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50 Horses Homeless, More Rescues Expected at MARL

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JACKSON, MS -

In 2013 the Mississippi Animal Rescue League (MARL) has already agreed to take in 50 horses.

Typically, that's as many as the organization takes in during the entire year and administration now says it is becoming difficult to keep up with demands.

Ally Winn was at the MARL shelter on Wednesday. She has other horses but her most recent adoption will be a huge addition to her stable.

"His name's Big Boy," Winn said of the horse found by authorities. "He's 16 hands so his name fits him really well. He's a bit taller than my other horses."

"I came out today, finished up the paperwork and rode him around and figured that he would be a good fit," Winn said.

Big Boy is one horse finding a new home with dozens of other animals - once neglected or abused - to go.

"Most of them are extremely underweight which can cause health problems. A lot of them will have hoof issues," Kenny Moore, operation manager at MARL, said.

Moore describes the horses before they got to the pastures of the MARL. Recent legal seizures, including seven horses that were taken last month from a Brandon farm, have boosted the number of animals needing help.

Moore says the sluggish economy is probably the reason so many privately-owned horses go hungry.

"People just don't know the cost and jump into it too quick without researching it and seeing what it is," Moore said.

At MARL the adoption cost is a few hundred dollars plus a background check.

Winn plans to use "Big Boy" in an April program called Horses For Handicap.

"We have kids that come from all over to ride horses just to have a fun day with the animals. So if he passes his training he will be used for horses for handicap, yeah," Winn said.

Crews at MARL say that feed for a horse can cost hundreds of dollars a month. Veterinarian bills bring that amount up even more.

Some people have even set their horses free when they could not pay the bills," Moore said.

MARL will be holding an adoption event on Saturday June 29th. - that's after they take in a dozen mini-horses from Marion County.

You can find more information on their website http://www.msarl.org/

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